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South Bruce Retired Women Teachers ring in a new year of retirement

September 15, 2023

The Tuesday after Labour Day is a red-letter day for youngsters, their parents, teachers and school staff everywhere. It’s no less special for those who no longer rise early to make lunches, prepare lessons or patrol the hallways and playgrounds.

Colloquially referred to as “To H--- With the Bell Day,” superannuated women teachers of South Bruce marked the first day of another year of retirement with a social gathering and delicious breakfast at Ainsdale Golf Course.

Although happy to be retired, the ladies continue to care about education and children, and showed it by making donations of snacks and money to the local food bank to support school snack programs in the area.

Incoming president Frances Nixon warmly welcomed the more than two dozen members to a new year of social events and programming.

After a great meal and a good visit, Nixon welcomed new member Martha Juhasz, with a rose.

South Bruce RWTO president Frances Nixon (left) welcomes new member Martha Juhasz to the branch; photos by Christine Roberts

Then Area 1 Director and South Bruce member, Pat Emmerton, installed the executive and board, presenting each with a flower. As part of the installation, she reviewed the goals of the Retired Women Teachers of Ontario/Organisation des enseignantes retraitées de l'Ontario (RWTO/OERO), the most important of which are:
  1. To provide a strong communication network and opportunities for social interaction among retired women teachers at both the local and provincial levels.
  2. To provide interesting and challenging programs for intellectual stimulation, information about issues of particular interest to retired teachers, and opportunities for cultural enrichment.
  3. To provide support for colleagues, especially in times of illness, loneliness, stress and sorrow.

The members of the executive and board for 2023-24 are president Frances Nixon, vice-president Joann Ruetz, past-president Lynda Cerson, treasurer Carole Machan, secretary Rosie Neilson, insurance convener Betty Johnson, goodwill convener Dianne Simpson, and communications director Christine Roberts.

The gathering ended with draws for door prizes and an invitation to the Oct. 17 meeting at the Pine River United Church when guest Bren de Leeuw will speak about her recent experiences hosting a Ukrainian refugee family. Details will be posted on the website under South Bruce Branch News.

New and returning members of the South Bruce Retired Women Teachers of Ontario/Organisation des enseignantes retraitées de l'Ontario (RWTO/OERO) gather at Ainsdale Golf Course for breakfast Sept. 5

Area 1 Director Pat Emmerton (left) introduces the South Bruce RWTO/OERO executive and board for 2023-24: president Frances Nixon, vice-president Joann Ruetz, secretary Rosie Neilson, treasurer Carole Machan, goodwill convener Dianne Simpson, and insurance convener Betty Johnson; absent for the photo, are past-president Lynda Cerson and communications director Christine Roberts

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